AleSmith Brewing Company Kicks Off Women’s History Month with Fearless IPA
Women of San Diego’s award-winning brewery craft their own IPA showcasing local artist’s work
SAN DIEGO, CA (MARCH 2023) – AleSmith Brewing Company is excited to announce the release of a special, limited-batch beer in honor of Women’s History Month. Fearless IPA, the collaboration between AleSmith’s female employees and their production team has resulted in an amazing American IPA that packs a punch with its combination of Enigma, El Dorado LUPOMAX, and Citra hops. This collaborative brew will be released Saturday, March 4th at their tasting room. Fearless IPA will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz cans that feature the intricate designs of local artist Mary Jhun on the label.
Mary Jhun is known for surreal paintings out of her studio in Barrio Logan, the arts and cultural district in San Diego, and is well versed in Surrealist Automatism, a method of art working directly from the subconscious without a planned approach. She refers to her work as “emotional self-portraits of a day remembered” for that the method allows the pieces to be thumbprints of haunting memories that delve into the beauty of life, death, and the journey between.
“Neurons (the name of the art on the label) was a special piece, personally,” says artist, Mary Jhun. “It was inspired by a friend who had a warm and natural presence. I structure her specifically to be made out of a mixture of twig-like neurons, indicating harmonious sparks of energy throughout her body as if they were firing and growing all at once.” This art was made with Derwent pencils and a touch of gold with the girl made to show the subtleties inside a person and how intricate life could be. “My friend was fearless and continued to be so even after her passing. Neurons was created a day after I heard the news, this is for her,” says Jhun.
Fearless IPA is a bold and flavorful West Coast-style IPA with a bright golden hue. Featuring hops like Enigma, El Dorado LUPOMAX, and Citrus, this brew has bright tropical notes of stonefruit and pineapple. The hop bitterness is well-balanced with malt sweetness to create an incredibly smooth drinking experience. All these flavors combine together in perfect harmony making Fearless IPA an incredibly enjoyable brew!
“At AleSmith Brewing Company, we understand the importance of honoring and celebrating the tremendous contributions of women who are working in or aspiring to enter the brewing industry,” said Kristen Ballinger, Marketing Manager at AleSmith. “There is no better way for us to recognize these amazing individuals and their inspiring strength, resilience, and impact than by collaborating with them – right here in our own workplace – to create a special beer that pays homage to the incredible women in our company.” As such, AleSmith is proud to continue this annual release for Women’s History Month which brings together our employees to collaborate on an exclusive beer that will be brewed and enjoyed with pride.
Fearless IPA will be available at AleSmith’s tasting room in 16oz can 4-packs starting March 4th at 11:00am. Mary Jhun will be onsite from 12-4 pm with prints of the label art, floral prints, postcards, and small goods from her studio. This release will also be available on their online store with shipping available throughout California.
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About AleSmith Brewing Company:
Forged in 1995, AleSmith has been recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies, with accolades that include medals won at prestigious national and international beer competitions. In addition to being well-established within its hometown of San Diego, AleSmith was acknowledged by the RateBeer community as one of the Top 10 Best Breweries nationwide in 2019 and 2020. The brewery is also a three-time winner of the Champion Brewery Award at the San Diego International Beer Competition, where it received a Gold Medal in 2019 for Nut Brown English Brown Ale. Further recognition for individual beers includes a 2016 Gold Medal for Old Numbskull, and a 2017 Bronze Medal for Wee Heavy at the Great American Beer Festival. AleSmith occupies a 109,942 square-foot facility with a state-of-the-art brewery. AleSmith’s range of acclaimed beers includes Speedway Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and San Diego Pale Ale .394, distributed in 28 U.S. states and eight countries.
About Mary Jhun:
Mary Jhun was born in Cavite, Philippines in 1989 and moved to the States in the mid-‘90s. Her struggle with English and making friends as a kid was what pushed her need to draw when she was in elementary school. “I gave a drawing of a bird to a boy when I was eight and he became my friend without me saying a word. That was when I knew I wanted to use art first and foremost as my voice.”
The girls and beings that constantly carry Jhun’s work throughout the years act as a vase to all her memories and the stories of others. A result of a 15+ years of obsession of coping traumatic experiences, the girls have been the main focus of her documentation of surviving everyday life, past and present. Interlocking our psychology to biology of plants & architecture, Jhun creates stories through our deeper emotions. The girls represent an inner self, one that is culminated of many alternate versions of what is or can be. Most days, Jhun calls them the girls, however, they represent more so a feeling, a timeframe, and a product of a certain reaction.
Kristen Ballinger, Marketing Communications Manager
AleSmith Brewing Company